Monday, April 18, 2011

Bridal Headpiece for Elicia

When the beautiful Elicia came to see me, she had purchased an ornate comb as her wedding headpiece but was open to suggestions for something a little different.

I shaped a cap in wire and covered it in exquisite 1920s beading, then dismantled the comb elements and stitched them on the wired piece.

Elicia and I were thrilled with the result.

It's such a bonus when clients put their trust in my creative ability as we collaborate for a truly unique headpiece.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fashion On The Field Princesses

Georgie, Tanya; Second Runner Up,

Amy and Petra; First Runner Up

Golden Slipper Fashions On The Field

(and guess who being cheeky!)

Also see us featured in The Daily Gloss

Tanya Lazarau

I loved making this black felt, worn by Tanya for Derby Day

Tanya Lazarou First Runner Up Ladies Day

Tanya Lazarou First Runner Up Ladies Day Fashions On The Field

Petra Nolan First Runner Up Golden Slipper

Petra Nolan - First Runner Up Golden Slipper 2011 Fashions On The Field

Black and White

I love how the photographer has captured these images of my hats

Friday, January 21, 2011


Just though I would let you know that I heard about this fabulous seller on Ebay the story goes, she had an amazing collection and has now moved shop to concentrate on vintage weddings and headpieces. Hmmmm. Sounds familiar :-)

Seems she really wants the stock to go to special homes. I can understand that :-)

My advice to her was that if she had a blog, she should tell her faithful followers. faithful followers !!!


Thursday, January 20, 2011


I can't believe it was so long ago - (hence the move to my new address) that the divine Ang came in to purchase this original 1950's vintage dress.

Angie and I joked about my refusal to allow her to wear the boots - girl after my own heart

- she wore them :-) and with such style

It was just on two years ago now, so let me think....9th January 2009

We were married at the little Anglican Church out at Wilberforce and had our reception at Tizzana Winery, a little further down the road in Ebenezer.It was the middle of a heat wave, but after 6 months of praying for a day no hotter than 25 degrees, the good Lord smile down on us, and that's what we got.It was perfect weather.My bridesmaids were amazing and had come from California, New York, London and the Gold Coast to share our day. My maid of honour had been in cahoots with the other gals over the months leading up to the wedding. They had asked Craig a load of questions about when we first met and first dates etc and had a full questionaire for me the night before the wedding. We laughed so much. They had even compiled a book with pictures and memories they had with me. So special.On the day of the wedding, we had planned to travel in our own cars to save a few sneaky little bridesmaids had other ideas though. When it came to getting into the cars, I discovered a 1950's Jaguar in the driveway waiting to whisk me to the church. I still don't know how they got that past me. Thank you ladies!The day was a blur, but I had nothing but fun! Mum decided to give up the war on my footwear for the day and conceded that my cowboy boots would be best.There was a bit of pointing and laughing...but I was the point of dancing a bit of a hole in my skirt by the end of the night. (so sorry darling dress!)It was a cocktail style reception and had the loveliest relaxed vibe. We couldn't have hoped for things to go any better on the day!
And thank you so much for my beautiful gown, hairpiece, veil and gloves! I enjoyed wearing them all very much!Angie x


Beautiful, Beautiful Rebecca
Bek is one of those divine spirits who was a joy to know and work with.
Here she is in our reproduction 30's gown - we actually owned the original and had our very clever seamstress reproduce the pattern with a few tweaks for Bek.
"Sandie, I can't thank you enough for the wonderful service you provided me with.I felt like you did so much extra fo
r me, ... :-) ..... without batting an eyelash, and you did it with absolute grace!
(Your friend's aunt would be wonderfully proud).
The hairpiece and veil were perfect - the dress was perfect - the day was perfect! I received so many comments on the dress, and it's still the first thing people notice when they see the photos."
Bek and Wil - I wish you congratulations and all the happiness your wonderful selves deserve xxx

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tanya Lazarou Fashions On The Field

Having in the past judged Fashions On The Field, I know how difficult the task of judging can be, with so many adorable and worthy fashion princesses frocked up so exquisitely.
I't such an incredibly fast process to make a snap decision, and at the same time collaborate with your fellow judges, all sharing varying views of appropriate racewear and subsequent winners.
Given that the prize stakes are so high, many racing clubs will publish their 'judging criteria' along with online entry forms. It's wonderful when judges do adhere to such.
The racing industry has certainly played a strong role in promoting fashion in Australia.
With this in mind, I am always thrilled for the respective racing club when the judging panel, with their daunting task, select a winner who is indeed a worthy ambassador for both the industry and sponsors alike.
Judges strike the (breath holding) trifecta when thier chosen winner is beautifully and appropriately groomed, the crowning glory being an articulate and supportive ambassor for the racing industry as a whole.
I would also love to see more sections (some innovative racing clubs do run these) for the mature racegoers who do not necessarily have legs to the armpits, with tummies and botts firmer than a 'sure thing bet'.
From my experience, these ladies have supported the industry for years as members, wives of members, horseowners, trainers and the likes.
These women frock up exquisitely. Spending a great deal of effort, time and money in creating their perfect outfit.
Come on sponsors :-) - It's a sure thing!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Fuzzy Lizzie Journal

You must visit this blog gals
Thanks Lizzie for sharing
Sandie xxx

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Root Canal


What wonderful dental professionals I can share with you!
Usually a blog dedicated to vintage weddings and fashionistas.
But this 'stylist to the stars' took herself off to root canal therapy today, suitably stressed, anxious, wasting at least a month with swelling, antibiotics and all associated pain killers in preparing for the trauma of the dreaded 'root canal therapy'.

Seeing a 'surgeon' made the drama even more of an issue.
- And then friendship well wishes............. "oooh....good luck with the root canal".
I knew I was in for a traumatic session.

Not so. In fact, on the contrary

Please may I highly recommend The Whole Tooth in Paddington where Sherly, with her wonderous sense of grass roots humour, and her team of highly skilled tooth fairies, will treat you with kid gloves , so much so that you may easily be forgiven in forgetting that you have just visited the dentist!

But it gets better!...................... My new and dearest friends (no aftershock anesthetic here) are Dr Michael Franks and his beautiful assistant, Sonya Davis, who carried out gentle, painless and anesthetic free root canal with less stress and drama than any basic filing I have ever known.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Loretta Wrote

"I loved my headpiece and it made my day. Thankyou for your talent. It was truly appreciated. I had a million comments on how beautiful the headpiece looked."
Loretta was such a delight for me to create with.

So much so, that sharing her passion for buttons, together we raided my 'inner sanctum' button box for a few special antique treasures of adornment.

Coming Soon Vintage Wedding Gown with Gold Detail Embroidery Thankyou Daughter of 'SG' for being THE MOST FABULOUS SUPPLIER xxxx If you are seeking a particular wedding gown, do make contact and together with my supplier, we will do our best to find it for you

Jean Carrol

This is my dear and divine friend Jean Carrol.
'Jeannie' - is loved and adored by many of the milliners she has trained throughout her career.
A lady through and through, with a deliciously wicked sense of humour -
AND.....AN Order Of Australia for her contribution to millinery over the years.
We LOVE you Jeannie xxxxx